The Cathedral of the Incarnation, the never-finished reinaissance church

While you're in Málaga, don't miss one of Andalusia's most beautiful Renaissance churches. The Cathedral of the Incarnation stands on the very site occupied by the Aljama Mosque (the city's main mosque) during the eight centuries of Muslim rule. At 84 metres high, this cathedral is the second highest in Andalusia behind that of Seville. Visible from anywhere in the city, it remains the most famous and symbolic building in the region. Ideally located on Calle Molina Lario in Malaga's historic centre, it stands opposite the famous Plaza del Obispo. Here you can see the sanctuary door, the splendid stained-glass windows, the remarkable altar and much more. Comprising a single tower, this monument is better known as "La Manquita" (the penguin). Simply a must-see.

Aerial view of Malaga Cathedral

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The story of an unfinished monument

Like many religious buildings of the period, the construction of the cathedral is inextricably linked with the Christian conquest. Work began in the first half of the 16th century, when the Christians wanted to get rid of the symbols of Muslim power. Construction of the structure continued over the next two centuries, according to the plans of Diego de Siloé. It is in the Renaissance style, but there are also Gothic and Baroque sections. It is an unfinished and incomplete work, with only onetower.

Malaga Cathedral

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This splendid church has not gone unnoticed in the world of cinema: in 2004, the cathedral was the location for the film The Bridge of San Luis Reiz, starring Robert de Niro, Kathy Bates and Harvey Keitel.

Tour of the Cathedral of the Incarnation Malaga

Tour of the Cathedral of the Incarnation

Book your ticket for the Cathedral of the Incarnation and discover the most symbolic building in the city of Malaga.

The Cathedral of the Incarnation is a must-see during your stay in Malaga. After admiring its façade and exterior architecture, head inside to discover the choir sculpture, the altar and the two organs, rare eighteenth-century models that are still very well preserved. If you wish, you can also climb to the roof of the cathedral to enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the Andalusian city.

Sunset on the roof of Malaga Cathedral

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Where to sleep?

⭐Gr Suites Boutique Alcazaba

Located in the historic centre of Malaga, at Calle Cister 19, 3ºl, just a 3-minute walk from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Gr Suites Boutique Alcazaba is the perfect accommodation for your stay in Andalusia. This flat boasts magnificent views of the Alcazaba and the Museo de Málaga.

Gr Suites Boutique Alcazaba Malaga

Gr Suites Boutique Alcazaba

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Practical info

⏰ Opening times

Malaga Cathedral is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6.30pm, Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. You can gain access up to 45 minutes before closing time. In addition, you can visit the roof of the cathedral from Monday to Saturday every hour from 11am and on Sundays at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm.

👛 Tariff

👉 Cathedral

Full price: €8

Reduced rate: 7.50 euros (over 65s), 6 euros (students aged 18 to 25), 5 euros (13 to 17).

Free for Malaga residents, disabled people and children under 13.

👉 Cathedral + roof access

Full price: €12

Reduced rate: 11 euros (over 65s), 9 euros (students aged 18 to 25), 8 euros (aged 13 to 17).

No free admission

👉 Cathedral roof only

Full price: €8

Reduced rate: €7.50 (over 65s), €6 (students aged 18 to 25), €5 (aged 13 to 17).

No free admission

🚌 Getting there

The cathedral is on Calle Molina Lario, in Malaga's historic centre. Much of this area is pedestrianised, so you'll need to walk a little to reach the monument. There are several buses that will take you close to the cathedral. The Paseo del Parque-Plaza de la Marina stop on lines 3, 8, 11, 32, 34 and 35 is a 4-minute walk away. The Alameda Principal - Sur stop on lines 7 and 21 is a 6-minute walk away, as is the Plaza de la Merced stop on line 1. The Atarazanas stop on line 2 is a 7-minute walk away.

A few tips for your visit

  • All ticket prices include an audio guide. Free tickets are subject to a supplement. Available in 7 languages including English.

  • An audioguide specially designed for children is also available in four languages, including English.

  • The cathedral is accessible to PRMs

  • The roof of the cathedral can be reached via a narrow spiral staircase with 200 steps.

For more information, visit the cathedral website.

by Jude JONES
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